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Click for previous Image Image 1 of 3 Romneya coulteri Matilija poppy

Matilija poppy (Romneya coulteri) - closeup of flower

Romneya coulteri

Matilija poppy


Family: Papaveraceae (poppy family).

Native to California from Ventura County south to northwestern aja California.  Natural habitat is chaparral below 4,000 feet.


6-10 Feet


6-12 Feet

Romneya coulteri Characteristics


  • Evergreen
  • California native
  • Long Blooming
  • Fragrant flowers

Flower color

  • Yellow / Chartreuse
  • White / Cream / Ivory

Foliage color

  • Green / Blue-green

Growth habit (plant shape)

  • Upright

Season of interest (flowering)

  • Summer
  • Fall

Season of interest (foliage)

  • Winter
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Spring

Critter resistance

  • Deer resistant

Wildlife appeal

  • Attracts bees

Suggested uses

  • Hedge or screen

Plants that work well with Romneya coulteri

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Calistoga California fuchsia Calistoga California fuchsia (Epilobium 'Calistoga')
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Lake Casitas chaparral mallow Lake Casitas chaparral mallow (Malacothamnus fasiculatus 'Lake Casitas')
Lemonade berry Lemonade berry (Rhus integrifolia)
Sugar bush Sugar bush (Rhus ovata)
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Woolly blue curls Woolly blue curls (Trichostema lanatum)